Pick of the week
In the sculpture session were two works of art that greatly appealed, one a new friend, the other an old one. New, to me, was a rare early-13th-century Limoges champlevé Eucharistic dove (left), a portable tabernacle to hold the host, which sold for $1.94 million (£1.557m). The old friend was the only known Nottingham alabaster altarpiece on the theme of martyrdom (above), with Saints Stephen, Lawrence, Erasmus and Thomas, which made $1,332,500 (£1.063m). The 15th-century piece had been in the Paris Chartreuse until the French Revolution. I first saw it in Denver, in the collection of the late William Berger, who had bought it at a sale from the British Rail Pension Fund (COUNTRY LIFE, January 8, 1998).